Thursday, October 20, 2011
How do you negate the suspension of Geathers and Williams?
One way to help would be if we win the coin toss, and can elect to receive. Personally, I like that philosophy to begin with. When given the option of taking the football, take it. Plus you never know when an opposing coach pulls a Morninwheg or they act like a Raider and just kicks off again. It's not Richt's normal philosophy, but it would help with the reduction of two key defenders until they can take the field in the second half.
Also, with the return of Ogletree, he might be able to play some of the SS snaps that would otherwise have been Shawn Williams in the first half. You can also play Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo at S, while Swann and Love back up Boykin and Smith at the corners.
Jon Jenkins has been starting at nose, so Kwame's impact is somewhat lessened, and it'd also allow him to be fresh for a second half of terrorizing the Gators OL ala Chris Daniels after Tubby Smith got him suspended in 2002.
And Grantham has also mentioned getting his best 11 on the field. That may mean running a bit of a 4-3, using Garrison Smith, Deangelo Tyson and Big Bad Jon inside, while Ray Drew, Cornelius Washington and Abry Jones on the ends, as Jones, Robinson, Herrera, Gilliard, and Vasser work at LB. I'd doubt we did that all half, but varying our looks could help negate the missing players and also force Weiss and reportedly Brantley at QB to deal with looks they haven't seen us use all year.
Yeah, the suspension sucks, but we can possibly use it to our advantage if Grantham adapts and the players step up to fill the voids.